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Darwin's Frog

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Darwins Frog (Rhinoderma darwinii)
Darwin's frog is a small species of frog, native to the forest streams of Chile and Argentina. Darwin's frog is named after Charles Darwin who came across it on his famous "Voyage of the Beagle".

Darwin's frogs can be found inhabiting beech-tree forests and fields, in the cooler regions of South America. Darwin's frogs can also be found living near and in slow streams and swamps throughout Chile and across the border into Argentina.

Darwin's frog has a very distinct appearance, having evolved to look a bit like a leaf. This means that when the Darwin's frog feels threatened by approaching predators, it simply remains very still on the forest floor looking like a dead-leaf until the danger has passed.

Darwin's frog is a small, yet round species of frog that has a triangular shaped head and pointed snout. Despite having some webbing on their back feet, Darwin's frogs do not have webbed front feet as this helps them when moving around on the forest floor.

Like many other amphibian (and indeed frog) species, the Darwin's frog is a carnivorous animal that uses it's long, sticky tongue to catch it's prey. Darwin's frogs feed on a variety of small invertebrates including insects, worms, snails and spiders.

Due to it's small size, and despite it's best attempts at blending in, the Darwin's frog has a number of predators in it's native habitat. Small mammals such as rodents, snakes and birds all commonly prey on the Darwin's frog.

The Darwin's frog is well known for the way in which it takes care of it's young. The female lays her eggs, which are then guarded by the male for about 2 weeks. Once hatched, the male Darwin's frog carries the developing tadpoles in a pouch in his throat until they are tiny froglets and are able to hop away.

Today, the Darwin's frog is a species that is considered to be vulnerable from extinction mainly due to habitat loss in the Darwin's frog's native habitat, primarily caused by deforestation.

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Darwin's Frog Translations

Catalan Català
Granota de Darwin
English English
Darwins Frog
Spanish Español
Rhinoderma darwinii
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Rhinoderma darwinii
Hungarian Magyar
Darwin hegyesorrú békája
Italian Italiano
Rhinoderma darwinii
Dutch Nederlands
Darwins bekbroeder
Polish Polski
Żaba Darwina
Portuguese Português
Rhinoderma darwinii
Turkish Türkçe
Darwin kurbağası

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Darwin's Frog Facts

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Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Rhinoderma Darwinii
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2.5cm - 3.5cm (0.9in - 1.4in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
2g - 5g (0.07oz - 0.17oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
8km/h (5mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10 - 15 years
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Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Insects
The specific area where the animal lives...
Beech-tree forests and in fields
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Worms, Snails
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Rodents, Snakes, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Small body size and leaf-like appearance

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